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AAA Game of the Year Awards 2022

Big budgets and bigger worlds

A.J. Maciejewski

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Finally, it's time to hand out awards to the biggest video game productions of the year so here's the very best in 12 distinct categories.

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Kirby and the Forgotten Land 3D Platformer of the Year

I never thought that a Kirby game could win 3D Platformer of the Year but it's 2022 and anything is possible. Kirby and the Forgotten Land not only adapts the classic 2D formula to 3D wonderfully, it's also one of the best co-op experiences of the year so bring a friend along and they can play as the adorable Bandana Waddle Dee. Laidback fun with a chum has never been so cute. 😊 v1d30chumz 35-172-230-154

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It's time to celebrate their win with a juicy hamburger

Horizon Forbidden West Open-world Game of the Year

Open-world games have come a long way and very few worlds are as impressive as Horizon Forbidden West's. Continuing the story and gameplay from its predecessor, this long-awaited sequel is everything that fans wanted and more with plenty of new machines to topple and fresh weapons to help accomplish that. Throw in a bunch of memorable NPCs with their own stories and you're left with a captivating open-world experience that will regularly take your breath away with its gorgeous sights and immersive atmosphere.

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Aloy has one beautiful world to explore

God of War Ragnarok Action-adventure Game of the Year

As one of the most epic games of 2022, God of War Ragnarok is a huge and unforgettable journey through an imaginative world with an impending apocalypse looming overhead. From the small moments between characters to grand-scale boss battles, it's nothing short of impressive from start to finish so be sure join Kratos and Atreus on their most incredible action-packed adventure yet.

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Ratatoskr makes things squirrelly for old Kratos

Bayonetta 3 Action Game of the Year

In an age when a lot of iconic game franchises are transforming to adapt to a more mainstream and mature audience, it's refreshing just how over-the-top bananas Bayonetta 3 is. This uncompromising dedication to ridiculousness is consistent in both its story-telling and gameplay which makes it one stand-out thrill ride that every Nintendo Switch owner who loves action games should check out. 💋

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Well, a purple gun is a good start

Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels Racing Game of the Year

Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels may simply be an expansion pack but it might as well be its own game considering just how much content is packed in. Anyway, it's a wonderful treat to race on the classic Hot Wheels tracks with new mechanics in place that adapt Forza Horizon's tight racing gameplay to feel more fantastical than ever. Plus, you can make your own tracks and how awesome is that?

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Watch your childhood toys come to life on your Xbox

MLB The Show 22 Sports Game of the Year

I've had an affinity for baseball games ever since the NES days and have been sporadically enjoying the MLB The Show series which always makes me realise just how well the sport works as a video game. Thankfully, MLB The Show 22 is a superb example of what the series has to offer so if you haven't played a baseball game in a while then definitely check it out. ⚾

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There's nothing quite like a good old classic baseball game

Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival Rhythm Game of the Year

Taiko no Tatsujin is perhaps the greatest rhythm series that's still going and Rhythm Festival is the biggest offering so far complete with a music pass that allows you to play an obscene amount of tracks from iconic video games, anime, and more. On top of that, the fantastically fun new mode Great Drum Toy War makes playing it even more of a tasty treat for rhythm game fans. 🥁

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I wish Kirby would stop distracting me...

Splatoon 3 Multiplayer Game of the Year

Splatoon came back in 2022 and you know what that means; it's time for more incredible team-based multiplayer mayhem. Featuring a cool collection of new weapons and exciting stages to master, Splatoon 3 is a blast to play online, especially with its wide variety of cooperative and competitive modes. Considering it has such intuitive gameplay, everyone (even newbies) can join in on the fun. 🦑

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Okay; time to seriously ink things up!

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Family-friendly Game of the Year

LEGO Star Wars has a long history of providing family-friendly co-op entertainment and The Skywalker Saga is the biggest installment yet as it spans a whopping 9 Star Wars films. There's so much packed in here that it's ridiculous and the amount of variety on display is impeccable so if you're looking for a game to enjoy with your family then this is a must-play, especially for Star Wars fans.

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Is there such a thing as too much LEGO Star Wars?

The Quarry Cinematic Experience of the Year

Some games are almost as entertaining to watch as they are to play and this year, the best game that fits that description is The Quarry. It may be a horror game and can be rather scary at times but the cast of teens is great fun to watch as they face dangers and can even permanently die. Can you save them all from the horrors that lurk in the woods? We certainly didn't on our first playthrough. 😅

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Abigail gets the feeling that things may not remain this peaceful

AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative Story of the Year

When it comes to video game stories, the more layers, the better as far as I'm concerned and no game reached the absurd and epic heights of AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative in 2022. Ranging from thought-provoking mysteries to hilarious scenes with oddball characters and plenty of naughtiness throughout, it ticks all the boxes of what you can possibly want in a video game story.

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It's moments like this that make AI: The Somnium Files special

Elden Ring AAA Game of the Year

Sorry, Kratos; our overall AAA Game of the Year for 2022 is Elden Ring. The Souls formula has come a long way since FromSoftware released Demon's Souls back in 2009 and the fact that the iconic gameplay has been so near-perfectly adapted to an open-world campaign makes for one astounding experience. With memorable hulking boss fights, plenty of disturbing characters, incredibly rewarding exploration, open-ended character progression, enjoyable multiplayer, and a pitch-perfect atmosphere throughout; Elden Ring will get in your head and refuse to leave even after you complete your umpteenth playthrough. Can we have a sequel, please?

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Whatever you say, Melina!
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